Cities in Africa are growing at an unprecedented rate. While most of the scholarly attention has focused on the growth of informal settlements, on the one side, and the increase in luxury enclaves, on the other, what has been largely overlooked is the interface between these opposing poles. The goal of this panel is to critically explore questions of boundaries and borders that have separated urban landscapes in Africa into distinct districts, precincts, and quarters. While cities in Africa have always been divided, what processes of restructuring are at work now during the current wave of globalization that distinguish urban fragmentation today from earlier patterns of separation? Informal housing and irregular work are key features of urban Africa today. How do these features interface with new sites of luxury? Panels will address these and other questions.
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